Beirut clashes escalate over rubbish crisis

Protesters, police and army troops have violently clashed in Beirut, leaving at least 44 civilians injured.

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Tear gas and water cannons were used on demonstrators. The protests were triggered by the government’s failure to tackle the city’s ongoing waste-disposal crisis, which is being described as the ‘tipping point’ for many Lebanese who already struggle with electricity and power issues. In a televised announcement, Prime Minister Tammam Salam hinted he may resign and warned the country was heading for collapse. Read more:

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